1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of ‘45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.
You’ve seen the film, now see the website – a history of health, the founding of the welfare state, and what your life would have been like in 1945…

Cap Bankers Bonuses

Europe wants to cap bankers bonuses, but some are not so keen… http://bit.ly/YLZmlq. So to help things move along, why not send your MEP a letter or email in support of the cap. Use the draft below or amend as you would like… they don’t get much post, so please make them feel wanted 🙂
[Your address]
Dear [MP’s name]
I am writing to ask that you support the measures within the European Parliament’s Capital Markets Directive 4. Please work to ensure they operate as intended, to reduce the incentives for short term risk taking. The bonus cap is especially welcome, as it should also act to bring the currently excessive overall pay levels in the financial sector closer to those in other areas of the economy. Whilst, some in the City of London argue the measures would put the UK at a disadvantage as our finance sector is so large, it is also the case that EU –wide action is preferable to any taken in the UK alone. Countries outside the EU, including Switzerland, are sympathetic to these latest measures and will now be encouraged to take similar actions themselves.
I hope the EU will continue to seek ways to improve economic stability and fairer distribution of wealth. Progress in these areas is long overdue and will benefit us all.
Yours sincerely, [Your name]
You can see who your MPs are and how to get in touch with them here:

Forthcoming meetings etc

Pecha Kucha Sheffield Vol #12 – The Only Way Is Ethics
Thursday 21st March from 7:30 PM at Penelope’s (between Odeon Sheffield and the Adsetts Centre), tickets from £6
As our Global consciousness gradually awakens, what matters to us now is ‘fairness’…as people from every walk of life take an ethical lens to everyfacet of the societies in which we live, the cracks are clear for all to see. Come down and experience the next generation of entertainment that’s taking the World by storm! There’ll be some fantastic live music, 6 great speakers delivering 20×20’s, and a series of short films.
Sheffield Equality Group
Wednesday 3rd April, 7pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Preparation for meeting on April 11th and general discussion. The group is an autonomous group affiliated to the national Equality Trust and meets on the first Wednesday of every month. All welcome.
Unsupported – A public meeting about the cuts to social care and support
Thursday 11th April, tea & biscuits from 6:30pm, presentations from 7pm followed by discussion. Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Who wants to evict a millionaire?
The latest national UK Uncut action is on Saturday April 13th. As people are threatened with evictions across the country to reduce the Government’s social support bill, the tax burden on corporations and wealthiest will fall. UK Uncut plans to stage “evictions” of those who might have a few more bedrooms than they need…